Don’t Have Wireless Internet? No Problem!

January 31, 2010

Last week, we took a look at the steps needed to connect your Wii to the Internet using your home’s wireless network. Since not everyone has a wireless setup, this week we’ll discuss how to get your Wii online using a high-speed wired connection.

Before getting started, there is some bad news to get out of the way. In order to use a wired connection, you will need to purchase an additional peripheral called the Wii Lan Adapter. The product is $24.99 and can be purchased at most retailers that sell the Wii, or you can buy it directly from Nintendo here.

The good news is that once you have the Wii LAN Adapter, getting your Wii online is a fairly straightforward process. Here are the steps to follow.

1. Connect an Ethernet cable from your router or cable modem to the back of the Wii LAN Adapter. See photograph below.

2. Make sure the Wii is turned off.

3. Insert the Wii LAN Adapter into either one of the USB ports on the back of the Wii. See photograph below.

4. Turn the Wii on.

5. Click the Wii Options button in the bottom left corner of the screen.

6. You’ll then be presented with the Data Management option or the Wii Settings Option. Select the Wii Settings button that looks like this:

7. Once you have clicked the Wii Settings button, you will see there are several settings that are spread out over three screens. The option we want, labeled “Internet” is on the second screen, so the next step is to click the right arrow on the far right side of the screen. This will take us from the first to the second screen of settings.

On this second page, you will see the following options: Parental Controls, Sensor Bar, Internet , and WiiConnect24. The screen should look like this:

Click on Internet button, which is indicated by the red arrow in the screen shot above.

8. You will then see three boxes labeled Connection 1, Connection 2, and Connection 3. If you have never attempted to go online with your Wii, all three boxes will also have the word “None” in them. Select the box labeled Connection 1.

9. The Wii will then ask you if you want a wireless or a wired connection. Select wired.

10. Click OK in the bottom right corner of the screen to allow the Wii to initiate a connection test.

And, that’s all there is to it! Once you are up and running, my first recommendation is to explore the Wii Shop Channel. Here, you will find access to a free version of the Opera web browser, which will allow you to surf the Internet on your television. You will also find a wealth of downloadable games, but more on that another day!

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Getting Your Wii Online Wirelessly

January 25, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Wii Blog For You. This week, we will be discussing how to connect your Wii to the Internet through your home network’s wireless router using the Wii’s wi-fi capabilities. We’ll discuss alternative ways for getting online if you don’t have a wireless network available to you in a later blog entry.

You may wonder why you would want to get online with your Wii in the first place. There are actually several reasons. First, some Wii games have online options that let you compete over the Internet or download additional game content. Second, the Wii Shop Channel provides access to literally hundreds of downloadable games. Finally, the Wii has a free version of the Opera web browser that will allow you to surf the Internet on your television.

So, let’s get right to it. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Once your Wii is powered on, click the Wii Options button in the lower left corner of the screen.

2. You’ll then be presented with the Data Management option or the Wii Settings Option. Select the Wii Settings button that looks like this:

3. Once you have clicked the Wii Settings button, you will see there are several settings that are spread out over three screens. The option we want, labeled “Internet” is on the second screen, so the next step is to click the right arrow on the far right side of the screen. This will take us from the first to the second page of settings.

On this second page, you will see the following options: Parental Controls, Sensor Bar, Internet , and WiiConnect24. The screen should look like this:

Click on Internet button, which is indicated by the red arrow in the screen shot above.

4. Then, click on Connection Settings.

5. You will then see three boxes labeled Connection 1, Connection 2, and Connection 3. If you have never attempted to go online with your Wii, all three boxes will also have the word “None” in them. Select the box labeled Connection 1.

6. The Wii will then scan for wireless signals and show you a list of what networks are available. In the list, you should see the name of your wireless network. If not, make sure your wireless router is working properly.

7 . Select your wireless network from the list. If you have security enabled, it will ask you for the access information (e.g., user name and passwords).

The Wii will then initiate an automatic connection test. When it has successfully connected, you will receive a confirmation message, and you will be all set!


Wii Blog For You

January 13, 2010

Welcome to Wii Blog for You, a blog dedicated to showing you how to get the most out of your investment in your Nintendo Wii.  The first entry will do two things.  First, it will explain the motivation for this blog.  Second, it will describe what you can plan to see posted here in the coming weeks.

So, why might this blog be necessary?  The primary reason is that despite being the top selling console of this generation, it has the lowest attach rate.   This means that compared to the Wii’s two main competitors, the Microsoft XBox 360 and the PlayStation 3, once people own the Wii, they tend to buy less software for the console compared to people who buy the XBox or PlayStation.  (For more details on that, you can read this report from Gamasutrua.)  What this relatively low attach rate suggests is that people may not be getting the most out of their Wii or even be aware of its long list of features and capabilities.  For example, is your Wii online?  If not, you are missing out on literally hundreds of downloadable games from the Wii’s “Virtual Console.”  Also, did you know that this spring, if you are a Netflix subscriber, you will be able to stream movies through your Wii at no additional cost?  This only begins to scratch the service of what your Wii has to offer you.

Therefore, in the coming weeks, you can expect a series of postings that will, in plain English, describe how to use the Wii’s more advanced features.  Here are some of things I will cover:

  • Connecting your Wii to the Internet
  • Getting the most out of the audio and video capabilities of the Wii
  • Using peripherals (e.g., the exercise program of Wii Fit) with your Wii

For many people, the Wii is their first experience with this type of entertainment device.  It is my hope that the “casual” Wii user will be able to use this blog as a reference tool for expanding their enjoyment with this product.